About 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia each year. 5-7% die from it – most of the deaths occur in people over 65. The good news – there are vaccines The original pneumonia vaccine (PPSV23) released in 1983, protects against 23 different strains of the bacteria. But there were still infections and deaths from other pneumococcal bacterial strains. … More Pneumonia Vaccines – Now there are 2!